We, At Blinds4Value take Child Safety extremely seriously and fully support the ‘Make It Safe’ campaign promoted and highlighted by The British Blind & Shutter Association.
Since early 2014 with the new EU legislation it had become law that the companies who are involved with the manufacturing, selling and installing of blinds to comply under EN13120, making non-compliance to this standard illegal, and a criminal offence.
We Shadow Curtains and Blinds manufacture, supply and install blinds complying with the child safety requirements of BS EN 13120:2009+A1:2014 Blinds. We use easy break chain connectors and cord tidies to keep looped chains securely fixed out of the way or offer other ‘Safe by Design’ solutions for our customers . All our blinds are packed with safety instructions and child safety devices are included.
Mandatory requirements of the new standard;
What do you need to do, Mandatory requirements?
Young children can be strangled by loops in pull cords, chains, tapes and inner cords that operate the product. To avoid strangulation and entanglement, keep cords out of the reach of young children. Cords may become wrapped around a child’s neck.
WHEN BUYING NEW BLINDS FOR YOUR HOME;
1. Buy ‘Safe by Design’ Blinds
A blind which is safe by design is one that is cordless or has concealed or tensioned cords. Typically these products are pushed or pulled into position.
are all available at Shadow Curtains and Blinds as ‘Safe by Design’ Solutions as they remove the need for operating cords.
Wand operated blinds;
Spring operated roller blinds;
Tensioned pleated blinds;
2. Buy Blinds with In-built safety systems
In-built safety systems are those that are built into the product and so do not require additional installation or operation in use. If your window sizes or shapes are not allowing you to choose a cordless window blinds or if you especially want to co-ordinate with your existing blinds, then chooses a blind style with an in-built safety device, such as a chain break connector where the chain is designed to separate under any undue pressure. Breakaway tassels at the bottom of cords work in the same way.
3. Buy blinds with a separate safety systems
Separate safety systems are those that require additional installation or operation in use. If cordless options or those with inbuilt safety devices are not suitable for your specific situation then the only alternative is to use a blind with a separate safety device such as a tensioning system or an accumulation device like a cleat. Make sure the device is securely fitted and always used.
Note: By law there are limitations on cord and chain lengths for separate safety systems.
Cord/Chain tidy’s & tensioners; these devices should be securely fixed to an adjacent surface and at the maximum distance from the top of the blind so the cords and/or chains are held permanently taut by the device.
Chains & Cords Lengths and Operations;
For Example, headrail installation height 2.10mts, chain/cord length will be 60cms maximum.